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Easy Coconut Date Rice Pudding Recipe

Updated on August 3, 2012
5 stars from 4 ratings of Easy Coconut Date Rice Pudding

Just about every part of the world makes some sort of rice pudding. It is sometimes served as a meal and is often times a dessert. While rice pudding always has rice, all the other ingredients vary by region. The coconut milk in this recipe adds a smooth flavor that can transport you to the tropics. Meanwhile, the dates are deliciously sweet and give great texture all while adding wonderful health benefits to this dish. I included a link to a great page on nutritional information for dates.

This is an easy pudding that is ready in under an hour. It also doesn't require any thickening agent. The rice itself produces enough starches that activate while you stir, much the same as risotto. I've always been one to love rice pudding warm out of the pan, but if it isn't for you you'll have to give it an hour or two more to chill in the refrigerator.


Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 45 min
Ready in: 50 min
Yields: Serves six people four ounce servings
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Ingredients

  • 14 oz can coconut milk
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup short grain rice, uncooked
  • 1/3 cup chopped dates
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut extract/flavoring, optional, for a stronger coconut flavor.
  • nutmeg, optional
  • coconut flakes, optional

Instructions

  1. Combine coconut milk with regular milk in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally just until it starts to boil.
  2. Add the rice and dates. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook and stir every 5 minutes for about 40 minutes total. Most of the liquid will be absorbed.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the sugar and coconut extract if using.
  4. Serve warm or refrigerate for at least 2 hours and serve cold.
  5. Garnish with coconut flakes or nutmeg if desired.

A note on taste

Dates are very sweet and while cooking they sweeten the whole pudding. I find this to be a delicious hearty breakfast pudding, but when I make it for this reason I omit the extra sugar. If you like your desserts not too sweet you should also omit the sugar.

This pudding has a mild coconut flavor. For those like myself who want a little more add the 1/2 teaspoon of coconut extract/flavoring.

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    • Journey * profile image

      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 

      3 years ago from USA

      I enjoy rice pudding. Thanks for sharing a recipe that looks very tasty!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Rajan ^_^ It's a surprisingly good combination. Love all the support!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very interesting. Never tried a pudding with dates and coconut.

      Voted up, rated 5 stars and sharing.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Vocalcoach, recipes that bring with them warm memories of loved ones are the best. Thank you so much for your kind words and support! ^_^

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      My mother loved rice pudding. This reminds me of her. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe!

      Voted up and sharing.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Mary, Thank you so much for your wonderful support ^_^ Rice pudding is fantastic and I hope you enjoy my version. Let me know if you have written or will write a hub on your version ^_^

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      Mary Hyatt 

      5 years ago from Florida

      I make a rice pudding, but I like the sound of yours much better. I'll try it.

      I voted this UP, etc. and will share.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Aviannovice, Wow, until you started pointing them out I didn't realize how many gluten free recipes I have... I should add "gluten-free" to their titles! Cooking this with the dates... there really isn't a need for sugar ^_^ I hope you enjoy! Thank you for all the support!

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      I think I will get the ingredients for this next week and will likely skip the sugar. Another good recipe for a wheat intolerant like me.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Vespa, Thank you ^_^ I'm excited to know how it goes!

    • vespawoolf profile image

      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Mama Kim, I think you're right. It probably won't get as thick but a little cornstarch should do the trick! I can't wait to try this. Thanks for another great one!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Thank you for your fantastic comment Vespa! I've never made rice pudding with brown rice... you'll have to let me know how it turns out. From making risotto I do know that the brown rice will never get as soft as white and will remain chewy and give the dish a nutty flavor. To make sure it gets thick enough maybe add just a little bit of cornstarch. ^_^ Hope it turns out well! I would love to know I can make it healthier.

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      vespawoolf 

      5 years ago from Peru, South America

      This sounds deelicious! I love all your recipes with a tropical flare. I'd like to make it with brown rice. Hubby's on a diet and isn't eat white rice, but brown would be just fine. I love the combo of dates and coconut milk. Thanks so much, Kim, for another great recipe! I'm glad someone shared it because I'd never seen it before. : )

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Viewfinders, Thank you for your great comment ^_^ I hope you and your family enjoy making and eating this!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Vocalcoach, Honestly I don't really like a lot of rice puddings either... but this particular way of cooking it doesn't require egg (which is something in most homemade puddings I don't like). I would love to know how you like it! If you get the chance please let me know ^_^ Good or bad. Thank you so much for your nice comment vote and share!

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      viewfinders 

      5 years ago from India

      thank you sharing the recipe with us, we make different dishes with coconut,but it seems to be tasty and like to go for a try with the help of my family.....

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      Audrey Hunt 

      5 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm usually not a fan of rice pudding - but this sounds sooooo good! Gonna give it a try and a big thanks to you. Up and sharing

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      EuroNinila, I hope you enjoy ^_^ thanks for stopping by.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Michelle! It's certainly is a favorite in my family ^_^

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 

      5 years ago from NYC BABY

      yum can't wait to try!

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      Michelle Liew 

      5 years ago from Singapore

      Awesome, as Rema said!! A great dessert for all. Will pin and share!!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Remaniki, Thank you!! I'm sure this will be even better with the amazing dates you have in India! I'm so jealous ^_^ You are too kind, your comment and shares are greatly appreciated!!

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      Rema T V 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Awesome recipe. Will definitely try this very soon. Thank you very much Mama Kim. Shared, pinned and tweeted. Cheers, Rema.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Janine, Well aren't you the sweetest ^_^ thank you! Coconut + rice pudding = yummy!! ^_^ Enjoy

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Linda, Thank you!! I'm a coconut addict myself ^_^

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      Janine Huldie 

      5 years ago from New York, New York

      I am with Linda on this and love anything with coconut in it (plus I love rice pudding too), so I had to pin as soon as saw to try this. I also shared, voted and tweeted too!!

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I like anything with coconut added to it, so thumbs up to this recipe!:)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Shalycriston, thank you for your nice comment ^_^ I hope you try it, it's easy and yummy!

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      Shaly Criston 

      5 years ago from USA

      Wow! it's so delicious... Thanks to share this Recipe. :)

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      5 years ago

      Thank you Ishwaryaa! Your comment, votes and shares are all very generous! I bet this pudding would be wonderful with fresh almonds! Thank you for the suggestion ^_^ I do hope you enjoy! Thank you again!

      Sujithbeta, Thank you very much, I'm glad you like it ^_^

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      Sreejith k 

      5 years ago from Kerala, India

      Wow looks delicious. I love puddings.

      Thanks for sharing mama kim

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 

      5 years ago from Chennai, India

      I am very fond of any dish that involved coconut, rice or dates. In my country, rice pudding is called kheer (North India) or payasam (South India) and it is garnished with fresh nuts such as cashewnuts, pistachios, almonds, etc and raisins. I like rice pudding a lot. I am familiar with your yummy coconut date rice pudding but I would like to try it at home soon. A sweet hub! 5 stars! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful & Interesting. Voted up, socially shared & pinned

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      lovedoctor, Oh my, thank you for saying so ^_^ makes me happy!

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      lovedoctor926 

      6 years ago

      Rice pudding is awesome, but this recipe is way better. thank you.

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Nate, Oh yes it IS delicious and it IS easy and you MUST give it a try! ^_^ hehe ahem... Thank you for the wonderful comment. I love coconut too! It's wonderful. I hope you make it, and when you do please let me know how you liked it.

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      Nathan Bernardo 

      6 years ago from California, United States of America

      I'm betting this rice pudding is delicious; and easy to make! I'm going to have to give it a try; I like this kind of dessert, the texture, the mildness. And coconut's one of my favorite flavors, plus I love rice pudding. Great Hub, good straight forward directions and information!

    • Mama Kim 8 profile imageAUTHOR

      Sasha Kim 

      6 years ago

      Christy, Thank you ^_^ I like it both cold or warm... depends on the season and my mood. This is a favorite of my friends I hope you like it as well.

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      Christy Birmingham 

      6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Mmmm I like rice pudding when it is cold. This is a yummy-sounding recipe, thanks!

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